Sacred pipestone/catlinite native american carving stone

sacred pipestone
sacred pipestone
Hello do you know what pipestone is.
I give you a chance to work with sacred pipestone?

My name: Keith Nelson a member of White Earth Indian reservation , i have quarry site # 28 in the national monument in Pipestone, MN.

You are looking at sacred pipestone.

We the Native American's are the only ones that can get this stone from the quarries , I know there are other people out here selling stone from other states and maybe down the road from the sacred quarries....

Let me tell you it is not the same.

My ancestor's have been getting the stone in the traditional manner for century's ....

Not using a back-hoe or bob-cat but using bare hands and hand tools along with the knowledge from our elders.

We continue to traditionally quarry not only because that is the only way the stone can be quarried at the national monument but we will continue to do it this way.

Ty gitche monedo for taking me to the sacred place to share a little bit of what most people don't know much about.

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Liza's picture
Liza says:

This site has a nice history of the city of Pipestone, as well as information about the geological composition of the rock and its significance to Native American peoples.

The quarry referred to in the post is at Pipestone National Monument. Follow the link for a few photos of the traditional hand-quarrying technique. (More on quarrying from the National Park Service)

The National Park Service's Pipestone National Monument site

posted on Tue, 05/08/2007 - 1:03pm
Diane's picture
Diane says:


I am an Algonquin (Anishnabe) woman from Winneway, Quebec, Canada. Our settlement is called "Long Point First Nation". I am 47 years old.

I would like to know if there is any way I can get sacred pipestone from your quarry to make a pipe.

Please contact me at the e-mail mentioned above.

Thank you!

posted on Fri, 10/19/2007 - 10:17pm
KEITH NELSON's picture

Hi Diane this is Keith If I go out of bounds and ship to you outside the US you will pay total costs on your shipping. You can either email me @ [email protected] Plz feel free to view my website at
Keith Nelson

posted on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 12:31pm
Daisy (Eagle Changing Woman)'s picture
Daisy (Eagle Changing Woman) says:

I hope I am not stepping out of bounds but I saw your post and as a pipe carver of the sacred stone, I am most interested in making connections with other women who are carvers. If you wish to exchange information, please contact me.
Many Blessings,

posted on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 11:08pm
Timothy (Lone man walking)'s picture
Timothy (Lone man walking) says:

Dear Keith Nelson,
I am 1/4 Cherokee from Ohio now living in California. I was employed by the federal government ad am now on disability retirement. I can still use my hands and some of my local brothers who are Mono and Chuckchansi tribes say that I am a gifted pipe maker. If write to me at my private e-mail address I can send you some pictures of some of my pipes. They are hand carved with micro files and sandpaper, along with a few handmade tools.
My question is this, Do you know where I can get a local contact for getting this Minnesota pipe stone? I can still use my hands. I make pipes for the tribal people when i am lead to make a pipe. I just can't get any more pipe stone unless I make a 6 hour drive north and pay top dollar for a slab that I can get two or three pipes from. I can no longer drive. Can you help me with my situation?
If not don't worry, I will find another way, I just happened to see this site and thought. Why not.... just me, Timothy

posted on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 4:05pm
Keith Nelson's picture

Hello Tim this is Keith here and Yes there are many ways to get stone from me, either on ebay or email me at [email protected]
Please beware of false stone on ebay, I list mine as sacred pipestone. I will be glad to hear from you,
Keith Nelson

posted on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 12:36pm
barry (bear hand man)'s picture
barry (bear hand man) says:

hello mr nelson
i m writing to you to see if i could purchase 2 peices of your scared pipestone to make 2 pipes one to give away and one to keep for myself for im finding my cree (george gordon first nation)culture after 35 years of negitivity i feel healtly and stong now but still im missing some thing i know a pipe would help bring it all together one i could say is my own made by my hands this is one of my dreams is to hold a pipe up high and give other people the help they need so please consider my request thank you

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 1:15pm
Little Feather Center Pipestone's picture

I was looking through your site and noticed that all the writing on your 'Pipestone' page comes from our website, it was written by my partner/web site designer Gloria. If you want to continue using it please give credit at the end of it. Thank you.

We were pleased to see that you are passing on the word about the 'false stone' more people need to know about it. When you and I quarry in the way we do it seems so wrong that the true stone we get out is often tarred with the brush of the other stones. Pipestone from the sacred quarries never fails to please, it is pure stone without quartzite in it.

Do visit the Little Feather Center next time you are in town quarrying.

Mitakuye Oyasin
Chuck Derby
Pipestone quarrier and pipemaker for over 50 years
Founder of the Pipestone Catlinite Quarriers Guild
Director of Little Feather Indian Center Pipestone

posted on Sun, 05/25/2008 - 12:26am
Debbie Strongbull's picture
Debbie Strongbull says:

My husband is Lakota. He has been in prison for 27 years a much longer time than others who commited same crime. He will be released next year and he is full blooded Lakota. He talks of the pipe and it;s meaning, helped start sweat lodge in prison many years ago, teaches others the talk, he believes in the old ways. I would like to have a pipe made for him. Can you tell me how? Thank you and may the Great Spirit bless all of you.

posted on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 1:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think there is a good resource for native american made pipes in pipestone, minnesota.

posted on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 1:05pm
Sal's picture
Sal says:

It is nice to read your words.
I am a middle age woman and I too carve.
I lived on a Nakoda res in Canada for 8 years. I carve bones and antlers and due to a car accident returned to Australia for treatment. My partner is going to send me some pipestone to make a new pipe for myself. I was wondering what else I could use it for?
I would be very pleased to hear from you.

posted on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 5:34am

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